Not much was known about Colby Jorgensen when he committed to BYU shortly after he competed at the Cougars’ Junior Day. Considering what Jorgensen can do during workouts, it’s no wonder why Cougar coaches quickly offered him a scholarship.
Jorgensen is a 6-foot-7-inch, 220-pound athlete that wowed Cougar coaches at Junior Day and again at the Nike combine held at BYU, and then wowed spectators once more Thursday at the national SPARQ competition.
“It was an incredible experience," said Jorgensen about the national SPARQ competition. “I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to go there and compete with some great athletes. It was an experience I’ll always remember for sure.”
So what’s SPARQ and why should recruiters be wowed by a SPARQ performance?
“They take your weight and factor it into four different drills," explained Jorgensen. “They take your forty time, your shuttle time, your power-ball throw and then your vertical leap and average them all together, and fortunately I did pretty well with all of them.”
He did so well that he placed fourth nationally during his first recorded SPARQ combine, which led to his invite to the national combine in Oregon. Jorgensen arrived there on Wednesday and spent the day touring the Nike headquarters while getting to know some of the other athletes he’d be competing against.
As one could well imagine, the Nike headquarters are very impressive.
“I was blown away with how nice everything was," he said. “Not only the tour, but we were able to meet players like Troy Polamalu, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, we saw Shawn Merriman there, Tim Tebow was there - it was just incredible meeting and being around all those guys.”
The SPARQ finalists were able to have a question and answer session with some of the professional athletes there and then spent the rest of the night relaxing and enjoying the facilities. It was during that time that Jorgensen forged some good friendships, including one in particular with the player that went on to win the competition.
“I was able to become very good friends with Ryan Henderson, who has committed to Utah," he said. “We talked a lot about how we’d get together while we were in college because Utah is only an hour away from BYU. It was cool. It was great meeting recruits from all over the country and it was an honor to be there with so many great athletes, that’s for sure.”
The next day was the competition itself. Jorgensen actually improved upon his original SPARQ score but dropped to eighth in the overall rankings, which was bittersweet for him.
“I didn’t have as much time to prepare for it as the other guys did because the camp was held so late in Utah," he related. “I improved on my shuttle time, my vertical and my power throw, but I dropped a bit on my forty from 4.60 to a 4.64, so that was a bit disappointing. But overall I was happy with how I did. I improved my shuttle, I got 4.15 on that and I improved my vertical which was 35.1 inches.”
Overall his best mark may have been the power throw which involves heaving a 6-pound medicine ball from your knees. Jorgensen was second in that workout throwing the ball 46 feet.
The overall experience was something that he’ll never forget.
“I’ll remember this as a great experience for the rest of my life, I’m sure," he summed up. “It was such a great opportunity to represent well for me, Utah high school and for BYU. It was a great honor, it was a great couple of days to be sure.”